5 Bizarre American Anti-Sex Laws You've Definitely Broken
The Debrief: Probably advisable to bookmark this page if you are off to the USA on your 'olidays
If you're planning on spending your summer in the states after binging on Orange is the New Black and Friends since Christmas - clue up on these sex laws otherwise you could be putting your prison drama knowledge to use and end up working an orange jumpsuit for the next twelve months...
1. Living in sin is not cool in Michigan:
The residents of Michigan have clearly been blasting Beyonce on repeat as the Southern state requires your partner to have put a ring on it before you can live together. According to the law, any unmarried couples 'who lewdly and lasciviously associate and cohabit together' are 'guilty of a misdemeanour punishable by imprisonment for not more than one year, or a fine of not more that $1,000.000.'
2. No dirty doodles in Wisconsin:
Scribbling a willy on a dirty van or doodling a cock and balls on your mates desk is practically part of growing up here in the UK - but if you sketch boobies on your meeting minutes, draw some cartoon sperm on the night club toilet walls or generally doodle anything naughty in a public place in Wisconsin you could end up locked up for 30 days and a fine reaching $500. The law states that 'whoever makes any lewd, obscene or indecent drawing of writing in public or in a public place is guilty of a Class C misdemeanor.'
3. No sex before marriage in Georgia, Virginia and Massachusetts:
If you’re planning a road trip along the East Coast of America with your other half, be warned, getting freaky out of wedlock is an offence in Georgia and Virginia. And if you plan on getting lucky in Massachusetts, make sure you don’t get caught as the penalty is a $30 fine and 3 months in prison. Considering that the National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (NATSAL) found that male Brits sleep with an average of 12 people before marriage and women get frisky with 8 before committing, our country would be overflowing with criminals if we had such laws.
4. No sex toys allowed in Alabama:
If you’re solo traveling your way through the USA - it’s probably best to make your trip to Alabama a short one as sex toys are a big no no in this Southern state, and the consequences for selling them are pretty strict. You could be 'punished by a fine of not more than ten thousand dollars ($10,000) and may also be imprisoned in the county jail or sentenced to hard labor for up to one year.' The law states that it’s illegal to sell 'any device designed or marketed as useful primarily for the stimulation of human genital organs.' Even weirder, the law was passed in 1998.
5. Wave goodbye to anal and oral in Louisiana:
The U.S Supreme court ruled that sodomy laws are unconstitutional and has upheld your right to engage in all the consensual anal and oral your heart desires. Good one Obama. But, according to the Human Rights Watch, twelve states still have them, including Alabama, Utah, Texas, South Carolina, Idaho, Kansas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Louisiana, North Carolina, Michigan and Florida. Meaning Disney World probably isn't the happiest place on earth after all. Many of these states even refer to the act as 'the abominable and detestable crime against nature' and mention it in the same category as bestiality. In an even more bizarre twist, the Louisiana government voted against a bill that would have abolished its 200-year-old ban only two years ago.
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